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Fishing Dreams are captured in extra ordinary photography - Ren'e Palmer sent this perfect picture to me in the 90's. This exquisite Norwegian Salmon fell to spey rod and an early Godfrey Reel. Note the aluminum frame used on all reels of the 80's and 90's; the solid drag design is working just fine . . . to this day!

salmon reels

The first Godfrey Salmon Reels were introduced back in the early 1980's and featured great line control and power to handle Grande Cascapedia Salmon. The Drum Drag System in Godfrey Custom Reels is like that of Arthur Kovalovsky, the great salt water reel maker and patent holder. The drum is braked by a circular external brake pad or pads - the Kovalosky grand design.

Originally, reels were of the standard aluminum frame type, but by 1999 it was time to improve the frame with addition of beautiful "wedding band" style nickel silver bands. Other modifications included nickel silver fitting throughout and inclusion of super hard aluminum bronze main bearings - last perhaps forever!

All Steelhead and Salmon/Spey Reels now feature new all-weather design.

This has been a long and uncompromising quest for design improvement yielding a full-function, elegant, and modern interpretation of the traditional Atlantic salmon reel with a rare sense of scale reminiscent of vom Hofe.

The New (2016) All Weather Reel Design

With quick and easy photographic capability, new pocket phones have moved the catch and release fishing paradigm to catch, photograph, and release fishing. Very often the picture includes the rod and reel in the river! The Godfrey Custom Salmon reels have been redesigned so that they are all-weather reliable and completely dunkable while retaining full function including no change to the smooth and dependable drag system -- regardless of how much water is sloshing around inside the reel!

Getting rid of the bulk of the typical old-school salmon reel with its hard rubber-delrin-ebonite-plastic sides and/or the heavy 1960's style aluminum block frame yields a sleek profiled, lighter weight reel. Add to this the powerful all-weather drag system and the design is complete. Note that there is no "o" rings and no seals of any kind, just a powerful, modern drag design for dependable all-weather fishing.

  Lighter weight for modern design rods

  Dunkable All-weather drag system

  Powerful drag with 10-position adjustment

  Line control with 1.9 : 1 geared retrieve

Custom Salmon, Steelhead & Spey Reels

The Steelhead Models:   Rio Grande, Deschutes, and Babine have all the features of the Custom Salmon Reels, but are narrower and spec'd for 20 lb braided backing.

The Salmon Models:   For over 30 years the Godfrey Salmon Reels have caught thousands of Atlantic salmon around the world. The Custom Salmon Reels are designed to provide more than adequate backing capacity, simply choose a Custom Reel to match your salmon rod line designation.

The Spey Reels:   The Salmon II and Salmon III Custom Spey Reels feature large capacity for 300 yards of backing plus a full size modern spey line.

  Salmon reel Exceptional Norwegian Salmon with Godfrey Multiplier

Steelhead and Salmon Reel Specifications
 Model       Line Capacity  * Frame Width Reel Weight  **   Price
                                        3 1/2 inch Steelhead Models
Rio Grande WF-7 Wt. 150 yards backing     1.46 inch    8.8 ounce    $2,795.00
Deschutes WF-8 Wt. 150 yards backing     1.56 inch    9.0 ounce    $2,795.00
Babine WF-9 Wt. 150 yards backing     1.66 inch    9.2 ounce    $2,795.00
                                        3 1/2 inch Salmon Models
Light Salmon WF-8 Wt. 200 yards backing     1.85 inch    9.6 ounce    $2,795.00
Salmon WF-9 Wt. 200 yards backing     1.95 inch    9.8 ounce    $2,795.00
Heavy Salmon WF-10 Wt. 200 yards backing     2.05 inch    10 ounce    $2,795.00
                                        4 inch Spey Models
Salmon II Spey-9 Wt. 300 yards backing     1.95 inch    11.5 ounce    $2,950.00
Salmon III Spey-10 Wt. 300yards backing     2.05 inch    12 ounce    $2,950.00

    *  Salmon-Steelhead reel backing: 20 lb.     Salmon and Spey reel backing: 30lb.

Salmon Reel Paradigm Reel

It's really beautiful out here on the coastal streams, with plenty of water and space to keep things interesting and provide some seclusion even during the peaks of the runs.

I have enjoyed fishing with one of your early reels so much I had to send you a streamside pic. This is a reel that you repaired and installed the new handled, etc. about a year or two back. It's paired with a Bruce and Walker Hexagraph "Falkus The Sea Trout" with Carron 8wt 55ft floating line. I took this pick right after hooking, playing...and snapping off a very large native steelhead on the Kilchis River yesterday. Unseasonably beautiful weather but perfect winter steelhead conditions. David C. February, 2015.

salmon reel

Handle Knob:
Extra Spools:
Models in 7 to 10 weight:
Steelhead, Salmon and Spey Reels
Specify left hand or right hand wind
Black or Ivory White
Hand fitted to reel - $300.00

All Salmon Reels are come with a traditional draw sting bag
with shearling padding. Also included is the warranty
and maintenance paper with recorded Reel Serial Number.
Spools are hand fitted so consider extra spools in your initial order.

Questions/order - call Ted and Faye